Ideas for your Friuli Venezia Giulia food and wine tour
Tastings, cookery lessons, gastronomic tours, even tailor-made ones
Friuli Venezia Giulia encompasses many different landscapes: the Karst plateau formed by bare, windswept rock, the high mountain panoramas, the coast fringed with lagoons and sandy beaches.
Trieste, with its distinctly Central European character, has been a border town for centuries, as it is evident from the elegant historical, artistic and architectural masterpieces. A tour of Trieste can only start from the magnificent Piazza dell’Unità d’Italia, with the neoclassical and Viennese style of its buildings. A destination not to be missed for Friuli food lovers are the historic cafés, symbols of Trieste’s passion for coffee and therefore meeting places and places of literary ferment.
Among Friuli Venezia Giulia’s highlights are the ancient city of Aquileia and the Dolomites, UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Other destinations not to be missed in Friuli Venezia Giulia are Gorizia, with its distinctly cosmopolitan character, and Udine, dominated by its ancient castle and embellished by the works of art by Giambattista Tiepolo.
Friuli cuisine is a refined journey of flavours, where the Mediterranean and Central Europe coexist. The most traditional Fruli food delicacy is Prosciutto di San Daniele PDO, known and exported all over the world. For Friuli Venezia Giulia food also means Montasio PDO cheese and smoked Sauris PGI ham.
It is also impossible not to mention the region’s rich production of high quality wines. During a Friuli Venezia Giulia food and wine tour, we recommend tasting red and white wines such as Picolit, Refosco dal peduncolo rosso, Malvasia, Friulano and Ribolla Gialla, which can be paired with tasty traditional Friuli cuisine. Grappas are also renowned and prized.